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VIENTIANE -- The World Bank will provide 30 million U.S. dollars to Laos as part of its continuing support for disaster risk management projects that will enable the Asian nation to mitigate natural disasters, local daily Vientiane Times reported Thursday.

Read more: World Bank supports disaster risk management in Laos

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WASHINGTON – Lao PDR is taking steps to lessen the impact of natural disasters and will continue to improve the country’s national water resources management systems, in partnership with the World Bank. The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved financing support of $30 million for the Lao PDR Southeast Asia Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Project and $25 million of additional funding for the Mekong Integrated Water Resources Management (MIWRM) Project.

Read more: Lao PDR to Strengthen Resilience to Natural Disasters and Improve Water Resources Management

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Cardinal Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun of Pakse. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pakse, Laos - When selecting new cardinals, Pope Francis has often sought to go to the “peripheries” of the Church, which is particularly notable in his elevation of Cardinal Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun of Paksé.

Read more: Laos' first cardinal focused on evangelization, dialogue

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